An American pastor from New Jersey, backed by a former British clairvoyant, runs a network that gives up to 50,000 Ugandan "miraculous medicine" made from industrial bleach, claiming that drinking toxic fluids eradicate cancer, HIV / AIDS, malaria and most other ailments .
The web, led by Pastor Robert Baldwin and partly funded by Sam Little from Arlesi in Bedfordshire, is one of the most extensive efforts that have not yet been made in the "miraculous treatment," known as MMS, or a "miraculous mineral solution." The Guardian has learned that poor piglets, including babies aged 14 months, are receiving chlorine dioxide, a product that has no health benefit and can be extremely dangerous.
52-year-old Baldwin brings raw materials from the components of MMS, sodium chlorite and citric acid to Uganda from China. The two chemicals are mixed to produce chlorine dioxide, a powerful bleaching agent used in the textile industry.
The American pastor trained around 1,200 clergymen in Uganda for the administration of "miraculous healing" and each one used it to treat about 50 fellows, usually after Sunday's service. As an incentive, Baldwin offers smartphones to those clergy who are particularly "involved" in spreading the drug for bleaching.
Baldwin works under a ministry he establishes called Global Healing. "The Church" is advertised as "using the power of the Almighty God … to greatly reduce the loss of life" in Africa.
Still, in a telephone conversation with Fiona O'Leary, a quacker fighter who was talking to him as a freelance journalist, Baldwin said he had spread bleach through churches to "stay under the radar."
"We do not want to attract attention," he said during the conversation, a record of which was heard by the Guardian. "When you draw attention to MMS, you run the risk of having trouble with the government or pharmaceutical companies. You need to do it with a low key. That's why I put it through the church. "
He added that as an additional precaution he used euphemisms on Facebook, where he collected money through online donations. "I do not call it MMS, I call it" curative water "to protect myself, they are very complex, Facebook has algorithms that can recognize MMS.
Baldwin, who was training as a nurse and understood to have no other medical expertise, said he had chosen Uganda because it was a poor country with poor regulation. Speaking from New Jersey where he is, he told O'Leary: "America and Europe have much tougher laws, so you're not free to treat people because it's controlled by the FDA. That is why I work in developing countries. "
He added, "These people in poor countries who do not have the opportunities we have in the richer countries – they are much more open to receiving the blessings God has given them."
Asked how babies and children were treated with MMS, he said the dose was reduced by half. – Small toddlers can take a small amount, spit it out. It does not cause harm – they just get diarrhea. "
The Guardian contacted Baldwin on the phone in New Jersey and asked the pastor to explain his work in Uganda. He said, "We use natural healing therapies to help people – that's what Christians do."
Then he said, "I do not think it's a good idea to talk to the media right now."
Asked what doses of bleach he used in Africa, he ended the conversation abruptly.
Orphanage of Sam
MMS is banned in several countries, including Canada and Ireland. In the United Kingdom and the United States, it is strictly controlled and has led to accusations of fraud.
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has published a public warning that advises anyone with an MMS to "stop using it immediately and discard it". Several people have been troubled by chemicals, say the FDA, suffering from nausea, diarrhea and potentially "life-threatening low blood pressure caused by dehydration."
The growing Baldwin media network in Uganda seems to include free bleaching. It is not clear how the money is collected for him. There are money-raising pages on Facebook, although the amounts of money donated seem small.
Sliding MMS is partially managed by Sam Little. At the age of 25, the Briton is currently in Fort Gate, in the western part of Uganda where the Guardian spoke to him via a cell phone.
According to his facebook page, Little has attended Staffordshire University before becoming a clairvoyant with a business that has now disappeared, dubbed Sam's psychic. Posts on Facebook in 2015 show him reading Tarot cards, "healed" and "regression therapy" for £ 6.99 ($ 8.90).
He told Guardian he also earned money through "investments" and used his savings to finance the distribution of MMS in Uganda with a $ 10,000 donation. Apart from that, he has invested $ 30,000 in building a home for about 20 homeless Ugandan children.
He calls the home of Sam's orphanage in Facebook, where he tries to raise money through donations to complete the building. He said the project was a separate venture from his work with bleach, and he insists he does not intend to treat children in the orphanage with MMS.
It was little represented for the first time in the "miraculous treatment" in England by a friend.
"Someone in my family was cured of MMS cancer," he said. "I started researching online and saw more videos of people who get healed. Then I decided to test it myself for malaria and travel to Africa. "
The young man has published a travel video online, which he made on 11 March at a Kyenjojo village hospital in western Uganda where he conducted a lawsuit that he believes will prove malaria can be cured with chlorine dioxide within two hours . While there is no medical training, the Brit can see the video instructing workers in a small local hospital to apply bleach according to the formula: 18 drops for adults, 12 drops for children aged five to 12, and eight drops for children aged one four.
The video shows that nine people have received two doses of the liquid, including a baby about 14 months old, who screams in her mother's hands while swallowing it. Small claims for blood tests conducted by a laboratory technician show microscopic signs of malaria disappearance within two hours.
The Brit told the Guardian that a lab technician had looked at the blood samples from the nine local people who had been tested and said they had been cured. The young man himself has not returned to the hospital to check the results.
He told the Guardian he was repeating the study of HIV / AIDS patients in several places in Uganda to prove that MMS was a cure for this disease. He admitted he would not be allowed to conduct such field trials in the United Kingdom or the United States, but when asked if he used poor guinea pigs like guinea pigs, he replied that he did nothing of that for money but pure altruistic motives.
"People like guinea pigs are not used for experiments," he said, "that it helps them. We have cured people not only for malaria, cancer, HIV, all sorts of things."
Asked to cite scientific evidence that MMS heals illnesses, he said a 2018 study in which chlorine dioxide was tested in 500 Malaria patients in Cameroon. The lead author of the study is Enno Freye of the Heinrich Heine University in Düsseldorf, Germany.
The Guardian contacted the university and told him that his medical faculty had reviewed the research and found it to be "scientifically useless, contradictory, and partly ethically problematic." In February, Frey was deprived of Professor Apl's title to the faculty on the grounds that he "seriously damaged the respect and confidence that this title required." He no longer works in any university institution.
The Guardian tried to contact Frey for comment, but he did not immediately hear.
The Uganda Department of Health is worried that he is hearing about the MMS trial that there is no information about the chlorine dioxide tested in Uganda hospitals. Ministerial spokesman Emanuil Ainboonaon said a government investigation had begun.
"We are investigating the activities of these people. In the medical profession, you do not advertise when treating people, he said, referring to Little's video claiming he cured malaria within two hours.
Uganda's gender and social development ministry, which examines and approves all new orphanages, said it is also starting to explore Little's home plans for 20 children.
"We have never received Fort Gateway documents that show the need for an orphanage," a senior official said. "This is new information about us."